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British Open may return to Royal Liverpool in 2006

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The Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake was cleared Monday by British golf's governing body to host the British Open for the first time since 1967.
 
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club said that Royal Liverpool could hold the major championship as early as 2006.
 
Royal Liverpool was dropped from the rotation of British Open venues due mainly to lack of space for spectator and media tents, player practice areas and parking.
 
The club recently acquired 10 acres of land next to the course, and plans are in the works for a new practice facility.
 
Argentina's Roberto de Vicenzo captured the 1967 event, the last of 10 British Opens hosted by Royal Liverpool. Among the other winners there were Peter Thomson, who captured the third of his five Open titles in 1956, and Bobby Jones, who won in 1930 en route to completing the Grand Slam.
 
Royal Lytham and St. Annes will be the site of this year's British Open, followed by Muirfield in 2002 and Royal St. George's at Sandwich in 2003. Turnberry, Royal Troon, Royal Birkdale, Carnoustie and St. Andrews are also courses in the rotation.
 
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